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Luke Scott wants to return to Major League Baseball


Free agent outfielder/designated hitter Luke Scott is ready to return to the majors, per Roch Kubatko of According to Kubatko, the 39-year-old Scott recently turned up at the Winter Meetings to announce his intention to return to pro ball, either as a player or a hitting coach. No interested parties appear to have stepped forward so far.

Scott was last seen with the Rays in 2013, when he rounded out his nine-year career in the majors with a .241/.326/.415 batting line, nine home runs and 40 RBI in 291 PA. He signed on with the SK Wyverns of the KBO League in 2014, but ended a 33-game stint on bad terms with the club following a public confrontation over his plantar fasciitis and subsequent demotion to the reserve team. He caught on with the Blue Jays’ Triple-A affiliate in 2015 and was released after just three months in Toronto’s system.

It’s not too far-fetched to believe that Scott’s age, lack of recent major league experience and history of controversial comments could be giving teams some pause this offseason. If he does manage to latch onto a team, it’ll likely be on a minor-league deal.

Report: Brewers have made formal contract offer to Yu Darvish

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Yahoo Japan reported on Sunday (Monday there) that the Brewers have made a formal contract offer to free agent pitcher Yu Darvish. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic has confirmed Yahoo Japan’s report. The length of the offered contract and the value are not known at the moment.

Darvish recently said on his personal Twitter account that the Rangers, Yankees, Cubs, Astros, Twins, and “one more team” have been in the running for his services. The unnamed team was believed to be the Dodgers, but it may well be the Brewers.

The Brewers could certainly use Darvish’s arm. Chase Anderson and Zach Davies currently lead the starting rotation and the club added Jhoulys Chacin and Yovani Gallardo this offseason.

Darvish, 31, posted a 3.86 ERA with a 209/58 K/BB ratio in 186 2/3 innings between the Rangers and Dodgers in the regular season last year. He faltered in the playoffs, specifically in the World Series, where he gave up nine runs in 3 1/3 innings across two starts. Darvish was apparently tipping his pitches, however, which is a correctable issue.